The cream of international track talent will descend on Pruszkow, Poland, between March 25-29 for the 2009 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Great Britain goes into the world championships as the outright favourites in pretty much every discipline.

Having virtually cleaned up at last year’s Worlds in Manchester, and then again at the Olympic Games in Beijing, all eyes will be on Great Britain as the country to beat.

Unfortunately, the GB squad took a serious blow when Chris Hoy was forced to withdraw from the worlds due to injuries sustained during the Copenhagen world cup round – meaning that he’ll be unable to defend his position as sprint and Keirin world champion. Can one of the other Brit sprinters step up to take his place at the top?

British Cycling announced the GB squad selection for the 2009 Track Worlds on Monday, March 16. The full list or riders is below.

Current world champions are automatically guaranteed a place in this year’s event, as are the current track world cup champions. Other places are calculated by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) based on each country’s performance at qualifying track events.

You can find a full list of current world, world cup and Olympic champions in our Dummies’ Guide to Track Racing, which also includes information on each of the disciplines.

Cycling Weekly will be covering the 2009 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in full: online and in the magazine


GREAT BRITAIN TRACK SQUAD

2009 Track Cycling World Championships, Poland

Men’s sprint

Matt Crampton

David Daniell

Ross Edgar

Jason Kenny

Jamie Staff

Men’s endurance

Jonny Bellis

Steven Burke

Mark Cavendish

Ed Clancy

Peter Kennaugh

Chris Newton

Women’s sprint

Anna Blyth

Victoria Pendleton

Shanaze Reade

Jess Varnish

Women’s endurance

Lizzie Armitstead

Katie Colclough

Wendy Houvenaghel

Joanna Rowsell


2009 TRACK CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE: FINALS

Wednesday, March 25

Women’s 500m time trial final

Men’s 40km points race final

Women’s individual pursuit final

Men’s team sprint final

Thursday, March 26

Men’s 15km scratch race final

Women’s team sprint final

Men’s individual pursuit final

Women’s team pursuit final

Men’s Keirin final

Friday, March 27

Men’s kilometre time trial final

Women’s 10km scratch race final

Men’s team pursuit final

Saturday, March 28

Men’s 50km Madison final

Women’s omnium final

Women’s individual sprint final

Sunday, March 29

Women’s Keirin final

Women’s 25km points race final

Men’s omnium final

Men’s individual sprint final


CURRENT WORLD CHAMPIONS

Sprint

2008 Men’s world champion: Chris Hoy (Great Britain)

2008 Women’s world champion: Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)

Team sprint

2008 Men’s world champion: France (Gregory Bauge, Kevin Sireau, Arnaud Tournant)

2008 Women’s world champion: Great Britain (Victoria Pendleton, Shanaze Reade)

Keirin

2008 Men’s world champion: Chris Hoy (Great Britain)

2008 Women’s world champion: Jennie Reed (USA)

Time trials

2008 Men’s world champion: Teun Mulder (Netherlands)

2008 Women’s world champion: Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)

Individual pursuit

2008 Men’s world champion: Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain)

2008 Women’s world champion: Rebecca Romero (Great Britain)

2009 track cycling world championshipsTeam pursuit

2008 Men’s world champions: Great Britain (Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Paul Manning, Bradley Wiggins)

2008 Women’s world champions: Great Britain (Rebecca Romero, Wendy Houvenaghel, Jo Rowsell)

Scratch race

2008 Men’s world champion: Aliaksandr Lisouski (Belarus)

2008 Women’s world champion: Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands)

Madison

2008 Men’s world champion: Bradley Wiggins & Mark Cavendish (Great Britain)

2008 Women’s world champion: N/A


TV SCHEDULE

British Eurosport

March 25, 18:45-20:45 Live Track Cycling Championships

March 26, 17:15-20:45 Live Track Cycling Championships

March 27, 17:00-20:45 Live Track Cycling Championships

March 28, 14:00-20:30 Live Track Cycling Championships

March 28, 23:00-00:30 Track Cycling Championships (highlights)

March 29, 12:45-17:30 Live Track Cycling Championships

March 30, 19:45-20:45 Track Cycling Championships (highlights)

BBC

Wednesday March 25

1900-2000, BBC Two and Interactive

2320-0000, BBC Two and Interactive

Thursday March 26

1900-2000, BBC Two and Interactive

2320-0000, BBC Two and Interactive

Friday March 27

1900-2000, BBC Two and Interactive

2335-0015, BBC Two and Interactive

Saturday March 28

1915-2030, BBC Two and Interactive

Sunday March 29

1500-1700, BBC Two and Interactive


2009 UCI TRACK CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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CW’s Dummies’ Guide to Track Racing

GB RIDER PROFILES

Men

Jonathan Bellis

Steven Burke

Mark Cavendish

Ed Clancy

Matt Crampton

David Daniell

Ross Edgar

Jason Kenny

Chris Newton

Jamie Staff

Women

Lizzie Armitstead

Wendy Houvenaghel

Victoria Pendleton

Shanaze Reade

Joanna Rowsell

Jessica Varnish

RECENT RESULTS

International track results last season: 2007-2008

International track results this season: 2008-2009

2008 TRACK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LINKS

Full results from the 2008 track worlds

Report: Sunday, day five>>

Report: Saturday, day four>>

Report: Friday, day three>>

Report: Thursday, day two>>

Report: Wednesday, day one>>

EXTERNAL LINKS

Track Cycling World Championships 2009 official website

Union Cycliste Internationale

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